Shimmy when I go to take off

1,315

Asked by Apr 07, 2013 at 09:53 AM about the 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1996 Ford thunderbird with the 4.6l v8. When I go to take off, there is a slight shimmy/vibration when I go to
take off. But after a second or two, it stops. I checked the driveshaft and its got 4 bolts in the u-joints on a circular
holster. And there is six holes, could that be it? Or would that be the tranny? Any help would be great.

3 Answers

8,755

Check the u-joints for play. If this shimmy just started it is not likely to be the positioning of the drive shaft. If the U-joints are good, then check the 4 CV joints on the back axle. They IRS means you have CV joints, 2 per side, to connect the wheels to the differential.

70,255

You may be feeling a misfire from the engine. If you're due for a tune-up one of your spark plugs may be breaking down under load (acceleration) but still fire normally at idle or while cruising. This will cause a marked vibration as you accelerate. Especially when you need to accelerate hard. HTH. -Jim

1,315

I checked the U-joints, there is no play. And the shimmy was in the car when I bought it. I've had the car for about 3 days now and I'm now kinda nervous to drive it if you know what I mean. And it does have an IRS (Independent rear suspension) and its only got two CV joints. one on each side. The shimmy only lasts for a second and then it quit.

Your Answer

Thunderbird

Looking for a Used Thunderbird in your area?

CarGurus has 1,079 nationwide Thunderbird listings starting at $6,950.

ZIP:

Ford Thunderbird Experts

  • #1
    Larry Sturgis
    Reputation
    1,650
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,560
  • #3
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    1,260
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
689 Great Deals out of 38,300 listings starting at $895
Used Chevrolet Corvette
279 Great Deals out of 20,697 listings starting at $2,990
Used Chevrolet Camaro
406 Great Deals out of 30,566 listings starting at $3,550
Used Pontiac Firebird
9 Great Deals out of 783 listings starting at $2,500
Used Ford F-150
2,278 Great Deals out of 181,528 listings starting at $1,000
Used Mazda MX-5 Miata
73 Great Deals out of 4,320 listings starting at $1,900
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
60 Great Deals out of 2,919 listings starting at $4,500
Used Porsche 911
133 Great Deals out of 4,950 listings starting at $10,988
Used Chevrolet Impala
507 Great Deals out of 33,699 listings starting at $950
Used Mercury Cougar
204 listings

Used Cars For Sale

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.